View post tag: BAe Systems BAE lands USS John P. Murtha post shakedown work The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $21.23 million contract for the fitting out availability and the post shakedown availability of Amphibious Landing Platform Dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26)BAE Systems’ obligations include program management, planning, engineering, design and procurement of incidental material in support of the availabilities.The contract has options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $61,107,878.USS John P. Murtha is the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock to be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries. The ship was delivered to the Navy May 13, 2016.The 684-foot-long, 105-foot-wide San Antonio-class amphibious ships are used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (MV 22).These ships support amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups. June 10, 2016 Authorities View post tag: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE lands USS John P. Murtha post shakedown work View post tag: John P. Murtha
To celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, the Jewish Students Association of Notre Dame hosted a traditional Seder meal Tuesday night in the Coleman-Morse Center.Senior Jonah Shainberg, co-president of the club, said the ritual feast is held to mark the beginning of the holiday.“Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt to freedom under the leadership of Moses,” he said in an email. “It is one the most important Jewish holidays and is celebrated over the course of a week each year.”Kayla August, assistant director of evangelization at Campus Ministry, said she works with the Jewish Students Association every year to plan the event.“I get to help them share their faith life and their tradition with the community,” she said.Senior Alicia Twisselmann, co-president of the Jewish Students Association, said the organization also partners with the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, which helps lead the ceremony and provides the Passover meal.For the service, guests were given Seder plates set with a number of traditional foods, each symbolizing a special aspect of Passover.During the meal, presiders read the Haggadah, a Jewish text that is recited each Passover Seder. The Haggadah guides individuals through the Passover story and contains instructions for ceremonial customs, several prayers and psalms.Twisselmann said reading the Haggadah helps promote understanding of Passover culture and tradition.“It’s important to tell the story of Passover, to make sure we remember it,” she said. “It’s mentioned in the Seder that we need to tell the story, and the more we tell the story, the better we are.”For attendees who were not of Jewish faith, Twisselmann said she hopes they “gained an appreciation for Jewish culture and of [its] rich history.”She said she believes that the celebration non-Catholic holidays at Notre Dame can help encourage inclusion for all religions.“It fosters a really good dialogue here on campus. A lot of the time people haven’t encountered any faiths other than Catholicism until now,” she said. “Having people get a chance to see how other people live and how other people celebrate is a good way to get a feel for a culture.”Shainberg said despite Notre Dame’s Catholic tradition, he believes the University supports those of all faith backgrounds.“I believe this campus fosters spirit — without limitation — and has made me identify more strongly with my faith than I ever have before,” he said. “We’ve had wholesome Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah celebrations at Notre Dame that will remain special memories for me in the years to come.”August said she values interfaith events at Notre Dame because they sponsor diversity in the community.“It’s just a privilege because not only do I get to share my faith and cultivate leadership, but I get to learn so much from the students too,” she said. “We all have different ways of praying and worshiping, and we can all come together over a meal and over traditions that mean a lot to us.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Jewish Students Association, Passover, Seder
England international Scott Gregory won the 121st Amateur Championship in a closely fought final at Royal Porthcawl today. The 21-year-old from Corhampton in Hampshire held off a strong challenge from Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre to seal a 2/1 victory in the 36-hole match. Gregory’s triumph secures a place in The 145th Open at Royal Troon, next year’s US Open at Erin Hills and, by tradition, an invitation to the Masters tournament in 2017. He said afterwards: “Obviously it’s a dream come true, you dream about moments like this when you are practising all those hours and when you’re not playing as well as you’d like to. “I think luck went my way a little bit, that definitely helped. I got a couple of lies where I shouldn’t have had lies but I made the most out of the opportunities that I had. “I kept telling myself if I got chances, I’ve got to take them because that’s what people who win these championships do. They give themselves chances and when they get them, they take them. I knew that putt on 17 was the moment I needed to make it, so it was nice to do it.” Looking ahead to The Open, Gregory went on: “It’s going to be completely new to me so hopefully I can get some decent practice rounds in with some people and see where I go from there.” Gregory got off to a strong start and led for most of the morning round, moving to 3up by the 12th hole. McIntyre, the 2015 Scottish Amateur Champion, showed his resolve to win the 15th with an excellent chip from thick rough left of the green to 5ft and then holed a 30ft putt on the 16th to reduce the deficit to one hole. The 19-year-old from Glencruitten, near Oban, missed a 4ft putt at the next which would have won him the hole and Gregory bounced back with a delicate chip from a steep down slope by the 18th green to secure a half and retain a one hole lead going into the afternoon. The momentum shifted to MacIntyre in the early stages of the afternoon round and the Scot moved ahead for the first time in the match when he won the 20th and 21st holes with pars after Gregory found the rough with his approaches to both holes. The evenly matched pair traded holes over the next six holes with the left-handed MacIntyre losing the 22nd after finding a greenside bunker. Gregory showed his mastery of bunker play with a fine escape from 60 yards short of the green at the next and holed from 8ft to move back in front. MacIntyre birdied the 24th to move back to all square and Gregory replied with a birdie at the 118-yard par three 25th when his tee shot finished a foot from the hole to edge in front. The Scot fought back once again, holing a 6ft par putt to win the 27th, but Gregory, who was runner-up in this year’s Spanish Amateur Championship, enjoyed some good fortune on the 28th when he overhit his chip from the side of the green and it struck the flag and dropped to a foot from the hole to earn him a half. Gregory holed an 8ft putt from the back of the 30th to claim the hole and when MacIntyre found a greenside bunker at the 31st the Englishman was 2 up with five to play. When the 35th was halved in four, Gregory completed the most important victory of his young career. MacIntyre commented: “I’m gutted overall but it was a good match. It was a close one all the way to the 17th. But fair play to Scott he hung in there and ended up walking away with the trophy. “I thought he struck it brilliantly in the first 12 holes. His short game was just unbelievable. Mine wasn’t quite as sharp as his but we’ll take positives from it. “I had heard of Scott but I’d never met him or played with him. He’s a great guy and all the best to him in the tournaments he gets to play in now. It was nice to meet him.” The 122nd Amateur Championship will be played at Royal St George’s and Prince’s in Kent from 19-24 June 2017. For scoring and results from The Amateur Championship visit championships.randa.org. Image courtesy The R&A. Scott Gregory will lead England men’s challenge at the European Team Championship. Click here for full details of the men’s and boys’ teams. 18 Jun 2016 England’s Scott Gregory wins Amateur Championship
Fresh from his recent divorce from LeBron James (kidding), who took his talents back to Cleveland, Dwayne Wade is showing that life is good and South Beach — and Africa.D-Wade and his newlywed wife, actress Gabrielle Union, took off on a honeymoon trip that spanned the planet after their nuptials a couple of weeks ago.Their latest stop is in Africa. Take a look at the hot photos of Gabby Union in a bikini. She still got it.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Buzz (H.G.) Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author of “Friday Night Lights” and “Three Nights in August,” will be at the Olympia Timberland Library on Saturday, June 2 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Bissinger will discuss his newest book, a memoir exploring his relationship with his son Zach, titled “Father’s Day, A Journey into the Mind & Heart of my Extraordinary Son.” Books will be available for purchase at the event.The Book:Bissinger’s twin sons were born three minutes—and a world—apart. Gerry, the older one, is a graduate student at Penn, preparing to become a teacher. His brother Zach has spent his life attending special schools. He’ll never drive a car, or kiss a girl, or live by himself. He is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty which can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly wise.One summer night, Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places they have lived together during Zach’s 24 years. Zach revels in his memories, and Buzz hopes this journey into their shared past will bring them closer and reveal to him the mysterious workings of his son’s mind and heart.As father and son follow a pinball’s path from Philadelphia to LA, they see the best and worst of America and each other. Ultimately, their trip bestows a new and uplifting wisdom on Buzz, as he comes to realize that Zach’s worldview, as exotic as it is, has a sturdy logic of its own, a logic that deserves the greatest respect. And with the help of Zach’s twin, Gerry, Buzz learns an even more vital lesson about Zach: character transcends intellect. And we come to see Zach as he truly is-patient, fearless, perceptive, kind. He is not a man-child, but a man of excellent character.About the Author:Bissinger is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of four books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Three Nights in August” (major league baseball) and “Friday Night Lights,” (high school football in a small town in Texas) which has sold two million copies and spawned a film and TV franchise. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a sports columnist for the Daily Beast. He has written for the New York Times, The New Republic, Time, and many other publications.Bissinger also co-wrote “Shooting Stars” (basketball) with LeBron James. Up until his newest book, Bissinger’s personal favorite is “A Prayer for the City,” about Philadelphia and Mayor Ed Rendell. Bissinger and his wife Lisa divide their time between homes in Philadelphia and the Pacific Northwest. Website: www.buzzbissinger.com.
The board unanimously agreed on all three finalists, who will be invited for daylong district visits on March 20-22. The visits will include a tour of the school district and meetings with students, employees, union leaders, community members and the school board.“I want to say how pleased we are with the outstanding pool of applicants for this top leadership post,” said Board President Eileen Thomson. “We are proud that so many talented individuals are interested in joining the district team and furthering our efforts to provide the best education possible for our nearly 10,000 students.”The community is invited to meet with the finalists between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20; Tuesday, March 21; and Wednesday, March 22. The meetings will be held at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), 2400 15th Ave. S.E. in Olympia. Finalists are scheduled as follows:Monday, March 20: Chris WoodsTuesday, March 21: Trevor GreeneWednesday, March 22: Patrick MurphyThe individual selected as Olympia’s next superintendent will replace Dick Cvitanich, who is retiring effective June 30, 2017. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Olympia School DistrictThe Olympia School Board has selected three finalists to be considered to serve as the district’s superintendent.Directors voted during a special board meeting on March 14 to select the following finalists for the position of superintendent:Trevor Greene, Executive Director of Human Resources, Highline School DistrictPatrick Murphy, Assistant Superintendent, Edmonds School DistrictChris Woods, Executive Director of Student Learning, Tumwater School DistrictTrevor Greene. Photo courtesy: Olympia School DistrictPatrick Murphy. Photo courtesy: Olympia School DistrictChris Woods. Photo courtesy: Olympia School District
A man from Northern Ireland charged with terrorism offences had his bail conditions altered yesterday (Thurs) to accommodate a holiday trip to Donegal.Shea Reynolds applied to have the conditions relaxed to attend a family holiday this week.According to the Belfast Telegraph, he was one of a number of men arrested in Lurgan in September 2016 and charged with being part of a terrorist plot following the discovery of a bomb. Belfast Crown Court heard Reynolds, his fiancee and their two children wished to stay at a caravan park in Donegal with her family from yesterday until July 29.The application to relax Reynolds’ bail conditions was opposed by the British Crown, with a prosecutor saying police objected to “the entire trip”.The prosecutor said the Crown had received information regarding the application which was conflicting – such as the number of the caravans on the site, the number of people staying in the caravan and the length of the holiday.He also pointed out one of Reynolds’ co-accused is Damien Duffy, who he is banned from having contact with, and who has also applied to have his bail relaxed to allow him to go to the same area of Donegal on Friday. Judge RoseAnn McCormick noted that since being granted bail, Reynolds had honoured his conditions “without incident” and agreed to vary the conditions to allow him to take a “short break”.The judge agreed to remove the tag until next Monday, but ordered that he return to this jurisdiction by 6pm on July 29.Judge McCormick also ordered that Reynolds have no contact with Duffy, and said he must sign at a local garda station each evening.Court grants bail conditions to allow terror suspect to go on holidays to Donegal was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Donegal’s Mica Action Group have stepped up their campaign and are now actively been engaging with banks and financial institutions who hold mortgages on mica properties.The group are making a conserted effort to gain their support for families across the county affected by the defective blocks issue.Joe Morgan, a new MAG committee member, is spearheading the engagement between MAG and the financial institutions. He said “With the announcement in May of this year that there is a requirement for homeowners to contribute 10% towards the cost of the remedial scheme for the repair of their homes, MAG are bringing to the attention of the banks the absolute necessity for them to step up to the plate and support homeowners across the county.“We are reiterating that financial institutions are also stakeholders in this crisis; they potentially have thousands of homes on their books which are currently valued way in excess of the real market value due to the defective blocks issue. It is only following the repair of these homes (through accessing the redress scheme), that this higher valuation can be reinstated.”He added that without the scheme, many of these homes will never return to their former market value.Due to the requirement on homeowners to make a 10% contribution, MAG feel that this scheme will be out of reach for many families without a direct contribution from the lenders, in circumstances where the families cannot make up the 10% private contribution. Mr Morgan added “It is clear that it is also in the lenders interest to ensure homes with financial agreements secured against them (i.e. loans or mortgages) are returned to market value. If families without the means to contribute the 10% private contribution are not supported, these homes will continue to deteriorate year on year. This will lead to those families leaving their home and moving into rental accommodation. Mortgage default and repossession proceedings will follow. This is not what the homeowners want and it is not what lenders want. It is I no-one’s interest to let this happen. “In addition to this direct engagement with lenders, and following a meeting with Minister Joe McHugh on Oct 22nd, where a commitment was given by Minister Mc Hugh to seek a joint supporting statement from The Department of Finance & The Central Bank to ask for unique financial measures from the major lenders in Donegal, last week we again wrote to Minister Mc Hugh (Minister for Education), Minister Eoghan Murphy (Minister for Housing) and Minister Pascal O’ Donoghue (Minister for Finance) asking for their respective updates on this offer of support.The lenders themselves have stated a common approach would be very beneficial and have welcomed a supporting position from The Central Bank and Government. MAG have led discussion and debate to date and have been successful in generating significant engagement within the major lender headquarters in Dublin. They now need help from Government to bring the full circle and to exert pressure from all sides.“In the interim, MAG are continuing to lobby the major lenders and have requested written positions from each lender by the end of November. Lender’s positions will be made public in early December, in order for families to be aware of the support mechanisms in place for them.“It is crucial therefore that the key lenders in the county have indications of support from Government and The Central Bank ahead of this milestone. It is our intent to follow this publication with a Financial information event in Late January 2020 in Letterkenny to support active engagement between the lenders/banks and their customers impacted by the Mica crisis.” MICA group put pressure on banks over homes affected by bad blocks was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bad blocksbankshomesMICAPressure
“They’re coming to get us, and I’m sure of it, because I know everything.” What would you think of someone who talked like that? What if he were one of the most famous cosmologists alive today? The man is Stephen Hawking – that wheelchair-bound math wizard who talks with a speech synthesizer and once fell into a black hole in The Simpsons. Now, the Discovery Channel is poised to air his views on SETI and alien life, and the science media, as usual, can’t get enough of his opinions. The BBC News reported that Hawking considers it “perfectly rational” to believe that aliens exist, but he also believes we should do everything possible to avoid making contact. He said, “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” Normally, scientists do not try to build a universal principle from a sample size of one, nor make such generalities castigating all sentient beings in the universe because of the sins of some.* PhysOrg briefly parroted these opinions without comment, as did Jessica Griggs at New Scientist. Clara Moskowitz gave Hawking the most paranoid-sounding headline, though, on Space.com: “If Aliens Exist,They May Come to Get Us, Stephen Hawking Says.” Along with Hawking’s evidence-challenged delusions that they’re out to get us, he believes he has an inside scoop on the secrets of the universe. The next episode of his Discovery Channel series, Moskowitz revealed, is titled, “The Story of Everything.”* This is the “Hollywood Fallacy.” Consider two filmmakers making documentaries about Los Angeles. One shows off all the glamour and glitz: Hollywood movie stars, Rodeo Drive, Disneyland, beaches with gorgeous girls, all the best. Filmmaker #2 makes a film about gangs, drugs, riots, fires and earthquakes. Which is the truth? Hawking is undoubtedly thinking of the downside of European conquest of the Americas, and perhaps other instances of conquest, but such broad-brush depictions are not useful without specifics. The Portuguese were interested primarily in trade, for instance, whereas their neighbors, the Spaniards, sailed to conquer. And not all the conquered people were worse off after conquest (though many were). Before the 16th century, the Mayans were throwing girls to volcano gods and committing ritual human sacrifice in ways that shock archaeologists today. Tribal warfare in some lands before Europeans arrived was brutal and vicious. It was often replaced by colonization that was also brutal in different ways, but not always. And we must ask, what peoples did the well-known tribes conquer before them? Many of the early mountain men were respectful to the Native Americans; trade was welcome, and developed into a mutually beneficial relationship. Is it their fault if later generations took advantage of the doors they had opened? Some of the mountain men were appalled at treatment of the Indians and intervened on their behalf. Sometimes the immigrants tried to be peaceful and introduce trade, only to be massacred for their kindness. We all know the bad cases (slavery, genocide, epidemics); colonization and empire are often synonymous with greed and avarice. But some colonizers attempted to be peaceful and benevolent and establish mutually attractive relationships with natives, and some native peoples accepted the terms. Once in awhile colonization brought new blessings and opportunities. There’s another more major problem with Hawking’s fear of aliens. Can he really compare what happened on Earth, where all the parties involved belong to Homo sapiens, with what might happen between people and aliens? When you talk specifics, you can have a meaningful conversation and bring clarity. Generalities often serve only to reinforce stereotypes.With all due respect to Hawking’s struggle with ALS and the courage he has exhibited in his many years proving that a life is valuable despite physical disabilities, these factors are no excuse for saying dumb things. The men in blue suits tried to cure this madman of his delusions by subjecting him to shock treatment in NASA’s “Vomit Comet” in 2007 (picture on Engadget.com), but it obviously didn’t work. But then, would you expect evolutionary psychologists (02/16/2010, 02/28/2010) to cure paranoia brought on by evolutionary cosmology? The Discovery Channel should look for more rational content at the Discovery Institute. We had a little fun here at Hawking’s expense, the poor, good-natured genius. Now read what physicist Rob Sheldon thinks of all this.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Sibahle Poster Series – Miriam Makeba (Mama Afrika). (Images and Videos: Redbull Amaphiko)Early in 2015 a campaign to highlight positive African narratives was started and aptly named Sibahle, which means “we are beautiful” in IsiZulu.Established by Ruramai Musekiwa, a Zimbabwe-born visual artist, the project tackles negative stereotypes and promotes the empowerment of women and youth through creative media. It works using creative and interactive awareness campaigns, a magazine, a children’s book series, a poster series, workshops and activations.“We started the Sibahle campaign early in 2015, seeking to celebrate and promote positive African stories via creative concepts, for example, an illustrated digital exhibition series paying homage to phenomenal African women,” Musekiwa told Redbull Amaphiko.“Sibahle, means ‘we are beautiful’ and aims to change the African narrative, too often shrouded in pain and suffering, into a positive story.”FIVE PILLARSThe Sibahle campaign uses five pillars to promote its message:The Sibahle poster seriesA children’s book seriesA work-shopping and activation branchA bi-monthly magazineA pop-up storeAccording to Musekiwa, the five pillars all serve to cultivate positive African narratives across different target groups as well as to drive income through selling cutting edge, commercially viable products.SIBAHLE POSTER SERIESThe Sibahle poster series portrays amazing, strong African women, such as Lira, Thandiswa Mazwai, Miriam Makeba, and many others.Musekiwa said it had been featured on various websites, as well as on social media and blogs, and it had included Lupita Nyong’o, the Academy Award winning actress, who said was honoured to be featured.“Since its inception the brand has grown, thanks to unsolicited generosity such as a lady who sent us a mail saying how much our work inspired her and that she’d love to do our PR for free,” said Musekiwa.Going forward, the organisation wanted to make the series more meaningful by celebrating ordinary women who were at the forefront of change. “To give one example: We want to go into communities to celebrate and highlight mothers in the townships who are turning their households into children’s homes, taking in orphans, for example.”Lupita Nyong’o, Hollywood actress for the Sibahle Poster Series.Have you played your part to make South Africa better for all? Share your story with us.